Sunday, March 15, 2009

Men's Division Two: Week Thirteen Results

Clontarf 6 (John Lennon, Rob Kelly, Rob Abbott, Richie Forrest, Dan Tracy, Ross McMullen) Suttonians 1 (Conor Gillett)
Harald de Jong's Clontarf moved to within a win of claiming the division two title as they swept past a Suttonians side coming to grips with playing without Nasir Munir.

John Lennon began the scoring after good work down the right channel before Rob Kelly, Rob Abbott and Richie Forrest made it 4-0 by half-time. Former Weston player Dan Tracey scored on debut in the second half before Ross McMullen completed the rout. Conor Gillett got the sole Suttonians' response.

It means the Bulls can wrap up the title when they visit Navan next weekend.

Naas 0 Avoca 0
In the race for second place, Avoca dropped two points as they hit a Naas brick-wall, manned by two Leinster greats - Peter Young and Angus Dunlop. They held the visiting hordes at bay to take their fourth point of the season, frustrating Avoca at each turn, culminating in Ezra Handelman's sin-binning.

Skerries 2 (Paul O'Loughlin, Ronan Gannon) Navan 1 (Simon McKeever)
Skerries stay in the mix after Paul O'Loughlin stepped up five divisions to score a late winner to overturn the result between the sides earlier this term.

Ronan Gannon had put a slightly understrength Skerries-side ahead in the first half, cracking home a penalty corner but young Simon McKeever leveled matters just moments into the second period.

But Skerries were the ones to steal the win with regular second teamer O'Loughlin stepping up to get on the end of the impressive Brian McMahon's second assist of the day. They are now four points off the play-off place with a game in hand on Bray.

Bray 5 (Simon Cox, Phil Davis, Grattan Evans, David Bronner, James Hardiman) Weston 1 (Garvan Drohan)
Bray maintained their place as most likely to take second place and are now the only side, in theory, that can catch Clontarf. They disposed of Weston at home to retain their four point advantage over the chasing pack, though dropped points for Avoca and Suttonians certainly worked in their favour.

Skipper Phil Davis added another to his tally, as did Simon Cox. Grattan Evans got his second of the season while David Bronner got his first gal in the navy-blue.

The next two weekends sees a key fixtures against near rivals Avoca and then the visit of Skerries which will go a long way to determining the final hierarchy.

* For more of Deryck Vincent's pictures from Clontarf vs Suttonians, click


Anonymous said...

Fair play to Naas.Scrappy game and they gave us nothing.Defended very well and broke us down really well.Our discipline let us down and we were punished by the umpires.Hugely Disapointing result for us but credit where credit is due. Well played lads. Avoca HC

Anonymous said...

there seems to have been quite a few players making their debut for clontarf during this season- is it a case of jumping on the bandwagon?

Anonymous said...

YM played UCD in a practice match yesterday. 4-1 up to YM. Stephen Barry and Jacob Webber scored class goals

Anonymous said...

good to see dan treacy back playing hockey. he has not played in a few years due to committment to running. keep up the good work.P.S. COME BACK TO WESTON

Derek said...

Clontarf seem to have done well attracting players into the club this season. They talked about it after our match in Weston and most of it seemed to be down to blind luch with players living locally deciding to join a local club. Its great for Clontarf and hopefully will be something that the rest of the clubs start to see in the next year or two. Weston have benefited from this since the new pitch with players in the area joining. The ladies side in particular have been successful attracting some new talent into the club.
Well done to Bray on Saturday they never let up the pressure on us the whole 70 minutes. I wish we could transfer our home form to just one away match this year.

Anonymous said...

Weston are apparently trying to get back a few players who left. would be a good squad if they did so!!!

Anonymous said...

Would be interesting to see who Clontarf think deserve second place having played almost everyone twice and beaten everyone...who they think have been the toughest opponents?

Anonymous said...

doesn't mean it's going to happen weston...i'm sure sutton would love to have rob byrnes, mick mcguinness, keith crawford, andy quinn and ian gorman back. they'd prob be in div 1 with those

Anonymous said...

thinking back on some players weston have had if they got half them back they would have alot of quailty, rixie,joey,rob lynch, enda tucker,dan treacy,willie alymer to name but a few

Anonymous said...

As a Clontarf Player our toughest opponents so far have been Bray, they pushed us all the way at home, Avoca are a very good side on there day too

Anonymous said...

enda is well involved with the ladies side and doing really well with their firsts .good possibility he'll go back. hard to see any others joining next season

Anonymous said...

yeah n im bringin joe n sharpie with me too!!!!

Anonymous said...

i heard a rumour Paddy Gahan has stopped playing for Fingal. They might get him back also.